Maintaining integrity is something that has been difficult for me for many years. Living in addiction doesn’t really require any integrity. Doing what’s right, saying what’s right and sticking up for what’s right wasn’t a priority. Passivity became prominent. However, through my journey of recovery the last six months, I’ve learned that being honest with myself and others has helped to build my confidence, self-esteem and a sense of identity that I had been lacking.
Practicing integrity has been a catalyst for growth and self-improvement. When practiced thoroughly, integrity helps develop more direct, effective communication, creates healthier relationships where my needs are known and boundaries set, allows me to look at myself and my intentions and to question what’s best for myself and my recovery.
Without being honest about my feelings and thoughts, I’d have no idea what I truly want and I’d have no idea of the areas of my life that need attention. Integrity may seem small in the grand scheme of things but it truly is the catalyst for growth.